Mavs fall to Celtics in dou­ble over­time

Pierce takes over with 34 points, sur­passes 23,000 mark for his ca­reer

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - ELISE AMEN­DOLA / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Paul Pierce scored 34 points, in­clud­ing a 3pointer at the start of the sec­ond over­time to give Bos­ton the lead for good, and the Celtics held on to beat the Dal­las Mav­er­icks 117-115 on Wed­nes­day night.

Ra­jon Rondo had 16 points, 15 as­sists and nine re­bounds, and Kevin Gar­nett added 16 points for Bos­ton.

O.J. Mayo scored 24 points for Dal­las, and Shawn Mar­ion had 16 points, 11 re­bounds and seven as­sists.

Pierce made five of six free throws in the sec­ond over­time to help clinch the Celtics’ sec­ond straight vic­tory. With his bas­ket with 59 sec­onds left in the first over­time, he sur­passed 23,000 points in his ca­reer. He is the 25th player in NBA his­tory to reach the mark.

Rock­ets 99, Wizards 93: James Har­den scored 31 for host Hous­ton.

Af­ter sus­tain­ing a sprained an­kle last Satur­day against Dal­las and miss­ing Mon­day night’s loss to San An­to­nio, Har­den re­turned to lead the Rock­ets to their first vic­tory un­der coach Kevin McHale in more than a month.

The Wizards threat­ened late in the fourth quar­ter, but Chan­dler Par­sons scored eight straight points for Hous­ton in the fi­nal three min­utes, in­clud­ing two 3-point­ers, to se­cure the vic­tory. Par­sons fin­ished with 18 points and eight re­bounds.

Thun­der 92, Hor­nets 88: Kevin Du­rant scored 35 points and host Ok­la­homa City ex­tended its win­ning streak to nine games.

The Thun­der ral­lied from an 11-point sec­ond­half deficit and matched

. their long­est streak since the fran­chise moved from Seat­tle.

Warriors 97, Heat 95: Dray­mond Green made a layup with 0.9 sec­onds left to give the Golden State Warriors a 97-95 win over the Mi­ami Heat on Wed­nes­day.

LeBron James led Mi­ami with 31 points as he reached the 20-point mark for the 25th con­sec­u­tive game, the long­est cur­rent streak in the NBA.

Nets 94, Rap­tors 88: Joe John­son scored 23 points, An­dray Blatche had 14 points and nine re­bounds and the vis­it­ing Brook­lyn Nets beat Toronto 94-88 Wed­nes­day night, snap­ping a sea­son­high five-game los­ing streak.

Bulls 96, 76ers 89: Joakim Noah scored 21 points, Luol Deng added 19 points and 12 re­bounds, and Chicago won its fourth in a row on the road.

Marco Be­linelli had 16 points and Nate Robin­son, start­ing in place of in­jured guard Kirk Hin­rich, had 14 for Chicago.

Bucks 98, Kings 85: Bran­don Jen­nings scored 19 points, Monta El­lis had 17 points and 11 as­sists and host Mil­wau­kee beat Sacra­mento.

Er­san Ilyasova added 16 points and a sea­son­high 14 re­bounds for the Bucks, who have their best 20-game start since 2005-06.

Tim­ber­wolves 108, Nuggets 105: Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 11 re­bounds as host Min­nesota over­came Kevin Love’s shoot­ing strug­gles. Love fin­ished with eight points on 3-for-17 shoot­ing.

Pac­ers 96, Cava­liers 81: Paul Ge­orge scored 27 points, and host In­di­ana over­came a 16-point deficit.

Hawks 86, Magic 80: Josh Smith and Jeff Teague scored 16 points apiece, Al Hor­ford added 13 points and 13 re­bounds, and vis­it­ing At­lanta held off Or­lando.

Clip­pers 100, Bob­cats 94: Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 as­sists as vis­it­ing Los An­ge­les won its eighth straight.

Blake Grif­fin and Matt Barnes also scored 19 points for the Clip­pers, who main­tained sole pos­ses­sion of first in the Pa­cific Di­vi­sion.

The Mav­er­icks’ O.J. Mayo de­fends against Celtics point guard Ra­jon Rondo. Mayo fin­ished with 24 points, but Rondo had 16 points, 15 as­sists and 9 re­bounds in Bos­ton’s dou­ble-over­time win.

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